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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Photo of KeefD
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with yellow highlights. Decent white head that recedes quickly leaving some average lacing. Not bad for the appearance. Aroma of some grainy, husky malts, and decent herbal hop aroma. Not skunky in the least. Flavor is where things go downhill. A bit watered down, some husky pale malts, light sweetness, and a below average hop flavor for a Czech style pilsener. No aftertaste whatsoever, finish is incredibly clean. There a slight bite at the end, but the flavor is just lacking. Medium bodied, which is surprising since it tastes so light, and very drinkable. This stuff goes down so easy, it's almost sad that it has no flavor. I bought a single bottle of this because I've never had a beer from Croatia. I probably won't be revisiting this any time soon but it was worth the shot.

Photo of Skidz
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a good sized frothy white head, sitting light gold in the glass. Minor lacings decorate the glass as the head retreats to a light spattering and ring of foam around the glass.

Biscuit aromas with floral and grassy notes. Tints of lemon and sourdough also present.

Bright grassy hops from the start, very well balanced with dry, crackery malts and bread dough. Hints of white pepper and orange blossom honey, but bearing little to no sweetness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Light-medium in body with fine, crisp carbonation. Perfectly refreshing flavors and mouthfeel to compliment a sunny afternoon.

Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold with an inch of white head.
Aroma is faint apple cider.
Taste is sweet malts, a fair amount of bitter hops, and a minor dry finish. No corniness or metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was fair, lightly astringent.
Drinkability is pretty good on a warm sunny day. The bottle has a "best before" date also.

Photo of khiasmus
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, bubbly, clear, light gold into my glass with tons of head that drops quickly but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of pilsner malt, slight caramel, freshly milled grain, and light grassy noble hops.
Flavor is much like an average good pils, but with a bit more grainy sweetness than average, as well as a bit more alcohol. Hops a very light and slightly bittering, but there is little hop flavor.
Very high carbonation, lending a smooth, almost spicy note. Light and refreshing with light body and a clean finish.
Overall, this is a very good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something with a little more malt flavor and complexity than the average pils. The lack of hop balance is made up for by the high carbonation, lending this one a good overall impression on the palate.

Photo of JBogan
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light golden color with a minimal head and little lacing. Nothing special to look at.

Smelled of grains with a slight breadiness. There was a small trace of that skunkiness that seems ever present in so many euro lagers.

Tasted of grains along with some sweetness. It's a very mild tasting brew, nothing either wonderful or offensive going on here.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side and somewhat slick.

Not a bad beer, but there's just so many others out there which are far better.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, pale copper-orange with a beautiful 2 finger frothy white head that had amazing retention while leaving a nice sheet lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was almost non-detect.

S: neutral, light grains with no hopping. After a very good visible presentation, this sets it back.

T: honey, with a soft flowery hopping and some spiciness. A light toasted caramel adds some sweetness as well some buttered toast. The beer finishes with a decent spicy flowery hopping which may be its saving grace here.

M: light, a little thin, smooth, and slick.

D: Average drinkability, a nice start is hindered by a lack of aroma, but fairs better with the finish. Uneventful at times but still one that can be mindlessly put back on a Sunday afternoon.

Photo of kinger
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well since I needed a beer from Croatia I decided to grab a sixer! Truth be told I had been considering purchasing this for a while and finally decided to since pickings were slim at the grocery store. Aroma is faint and consists primarily of nothing, not offensive but far from appealing. Pours a straw golden into my glass with a quickly diminishing head and some sticky lacing. The mouthfeel is solid, slightly creamy with a good finish and pleasant aftertaste. The flavor is also solid, nothing spectacular. In a sense it is typical euro lager that is slightly more mellow than say Grolsch or Heinekin. I enjoy the taste, but overall par at best.

Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in half litre glasses in several locations in Slovenia and Croatia while touring, at fair price of around €2.50 in most places.

Bright gold colour and crystal clear, fair head to start but dissipated quickly. Aroma was laid back, grassy and dry as in most European lager/pilsner styles, though not as strong as some.

Very clean crisp taste, slightly more malts at first, then hint of bitterness from hops comes through at the end, though no great lingering aftertaste. Did not have that "metallic" aftertaste that some mass produced beers suffer from. Very refreshing and easy to drink, I enjoyed this - especially on a hot sunny day, though nothing outstanding, very pleasant in the 'on tap' form I had and recommended.

JohnW July 2008
B'ham UK

Photo of ski271
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold, white head with little retention, very little lacing early. Smell is grassy. Taste is clean. Grain, cracker-like. Bitter spice on the finish. Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation. Pretty much a typical European-style pilsner... without the stink. Not bad I guess, but then again I don't really care for this style and probably won't have it again.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and vibrant, this brew looks like liquid gold in the glass. The head is brief and homely, but some crusty-salty lace sticks to the glass and swirling brings up a respectable finger of foam, but only for a few seconds. The tragedy of a head is a shame, because the color is pretty.

S - Saltine crackers and table salt. This is neither hoppy or malty, but focused on the aroma of straight up salt. Honestly, it's a very refreshing nose, but it's lacking in complexity.

T - Again, very salty and crackery. Saltine crackers are there in abundance, but not a whole lot else. Some bitter salad-greens hops are there with more force than in the nose, and I can also appreciate some floral marigold and dandelion notes upon retro-olfaction.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated, with a huge margarita-salt freshness on the palate. Would be a nice palate cleansing beer to have with something spicy.

D - A super-session beer for the great spring weather! I could totally see dropping a few of these down the gullet at a backyard summer BBQ...I'll bet it's great with brats since it would compliment the greasy and heavy fatty flavors with a crisp freshness.

Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Not much head to speak of over a deep golden body. Decent lacing.

S: A bit of sweet apple juice. Sweet malts and grains.

T: A hint of sweet then the hop bitterness gets you but its a good bitterness than leaves the mouth dry and crisp.

M: Big carbonation but it feels rather nice for this type of beer.

D: A six pack a day will keep Dr. Blues away doooodes.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 50cl can. All red with a "so-standard-I-could-cry" ellipsoid crest on the front, rather like a red version of Heineken that says "Karlovacko" instead of Heineken. displays medals it has won on the front, along with a proud "Product of Croatia" legend.

Now to the real stuff:

Pale gold body, with lots of carbonation, and a good rocky crown of white foam. Pretty good lacing too, and the retention is great.

Slightly sour, slightly tinny aroma. Some sweetness, some carbonic seltzer water flavour. Not entirely unpleasant, but to be honest it's pretty weak. Not a lot to it.

Taste is initially flat with a little sweetness. Late on the palate arrives a coppery bitterness and a residual husky, grain flavour. Mouthfeel is lightly spiky but otherwise dry. It's not as clean and smooth as some of the other easy-drinking Euro lagers, but it does have some character.

It's reasonably easy to drink, and reasonably unoffensive. It's not a great beer though, and I'd be loath to call it an above average pils-style lager. Don't count on winning too many more medals, guys.

Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 500 ml capped bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a gold body with a moderate white head that supported a limited duration lacing.

S: It had a sweet light toasted malt aroma with white doughy bread yeast aroma. It was clean and refreshing.

T: It presented a sweet malty front with a balanced hop flavor. It was moderately carbonated and finished clean. Nice for a pilsener.

M: It was light bodied, with refreshing carbonation, and a clean finish with limited aftertaste.

D: It was a decent and easy to drink Pilsener that would make a great session brew.

Photo of Avryle
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap in Croatia as well as in the bottle. Its a highly drinkable Czech Pils that's condusive to the Mediterrenean climate.

A - Golden straw color, pours with a light fluffy white head

S - Light malt nose with a touch of hops

T - Sweet maltiness & a siight hop bitterness in the finish

M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D - A pretty standard Mediterranean lager apropo to the climate. Its a good poolside beer.

Photo of OldYoda
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Guinness imperial pint. A not unattractive straw yellow with a minimal head and no lacing apparent.

Smell is slightly sweet and bready, certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly not offensive, but nothing to make you want to dive in, either.

Taste, again nothing offensive - but, just not much of anything. A little sweet, no obvious hop kick. Just sort of nothing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean and the drinkability is fine - a few of these would be fine if this is all you can find. Not a beer I would buy again or seek out.

Photo of friendofthedevil
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

While camping in Croatia, not many beers other than Karlovacko where available in the nearby shops. It's nothing special, but it's surely better than nothing. After a hot day of climbing and sun, it was nice to crack a few of these and feel refreshedwhile watching the sun drop on the horizon. Definitely not a great beer, but perfect for it's situation.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear straw-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has a faint hint of biscuity malt, but mostly it is of nothing. The taste is has little more of the biscuity malt than the aroma with the addition of some very mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer at best. It's not so bad that I can't finish one bottle, but it isn't good enough to rink again.

Photo of bark
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale yellow; the two finger airy white head sinks slowly to a thin lid.

The smell is mild. Some buttery notes, some sweet malt and a very mild bitter hint.

The taste is mild and a quite buttery. Some light sweetness. It is fresh, balanced and very drinkable. The aftertaste is a bit bitter with some butter and minerals. The flavours are very clean.

The carbonation is average; the fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is a bit smooth.

I found this one a typical central European lager with a Czech twist.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold that holds almost no head after a few seconds. Nose is slightly cereal sweet. Bitter acrid tone to it. Slight fruity tone to it. Man. This tastes...funny. I want to say it almost tastes like apple juice beer. Which is interesting on the first sip. Then the whole flavor profile just jumps off the edge of the cliff. Turns bitter and metallic and has no good quality to it really. Feel is standard with minimal carbonation. I doubt I am going to get through this whole thing. So bland. So...just...so...not that worth drinking. Oh well. Add another country to the list.

Photo of brendan13
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Grainy malts and a soft, light floral hop touch.
T - Sweet grain maltiness, slight honey note.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - A basic, uncomplex lager. Nothing to get excited about but a few of these would go down without a problem.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Completely clear gold, decent head and good lace. They say it is supposed to be a Pilsner, but I ain't getting that. Has a smoother macro smell to it, the look was also that of a macro.

Tastes almost like this Latvian beer called Aldaris. Very dull and leaves a sort of bad taste in the back of the throat. It's an easy going beer, that has a slight bitterness to it.

Again, if this is a Pilsner, then it is all wrong. But if that is a misprint, it is still not a very good beer, but drinkable.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, the brown 25cl bottle bears a red, white and gold label with a coat of arms above the name. The Croatian language label offers no ingredient list. Best before 10/15/07, I opened it on 9/30/07.

Pours a clear solid gold under a short-lived one finger white head that left exactly one spot of lace before disappearing quickly. The nose is reasonably strong of grain, perhaps corn but not at all unpleasant. The mouth is fairly chewy and reasonably well carbonated. A decent, solid taste with plenty of bready grain but not much on the hops side. I suppose this would be OK as a quaffer on a hot summer day. It'll do.

Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for the sixpack of Croatian beer.
Poured cold into a pokal.
A - A golden body with a rapidly falling white head that allows for some stickage of lace.

S - Mostly malt with some scents of eastern european yeast.

M - A medium light bodied lager w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness and decent bitterness to balance.

T - Herbal + pine hop flavors with a sweet honey-like malt that is downplayed by a crisp taste. Slight grassiness in hop flavor as it warms. The carbonation brings out some of the nutty malt qualities.

D - An average pils flavor, nothing to write home about. Basic drinkability, not bad, but not great. I would drink this again, but probably not seek it out.

Photo of riversider76
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden. One finger head, but not much retention,or lacing. Aroma is of faint yeast,and malts. Weak at best. Body is thin, and watery with some carbionation. Taste is sweet,and bready with a honey edge that is not unpleasent. Not my favorite style,but if it's yours,give it a try.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. Pale gold with a white head that disappears right away. Aroma is faintly skunky, containing noble hops. Grainy with some citrus. Flavor is pretty on par with your typical Euro lager, pale, dull, and light. This one is perhaps a touch hoppier then the average. Light, crisp, and fairly clean body. Drinkable but not exciting. Still, this is from Croatia, ancestral home of one of my great grandfathers and current home to my ex-commissar cousin so this beer gets a bonus for that.

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.